Enhanced Late Drop Option

The enhance late drop request was introduced on a temporary basis in the Spring 2020 semester for students enrolled in the current term for all undergraduate and graduate courses. It is available for students who are unable to continue in a particular course. While this is not a preferred option, we realize circumstances might make it difficult to continue enrollment in a course. This online request is available to students via MyPack Portal.

Key Implications

Here are some important, key points to keep in mind about the enhanced late drop options for students:

  • The late drop option is available to all students
  • It is important to consult with the instructor and your advisor before dropping any course
  • The drop is not automatic and will go through an approval process before being finalized
  • W grades will be assigned, but will not ultimately count toward the 16-hour maximum for undergraduate students

Return to Normal Grading and Drop Beginning Summer I 2021

NC State will return to normal class grading and late drop policies beginning with the Summer I 2021 semester, which includes 3-week (Maymester), 5-week I, and 10-week classes.

The Enhanced Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) Grading Option and the Enhanced Late Drop Option that were both initially introduced for the Spring 2020 semester will no longer be provided for any enrolled NC State students after the Spring 2021 semester concludes.

What does this mean?

Students who wish to enroll in a class on a credit-only grading basis (S/U) should carefully review the university’s regulation on Credit-Only Courses – REG 02.20.15.

Students will no longer be able to drop a class after the Drop/Schedule Revision Deadline for a given term. All schedule revisions made after the Drop/Schedule Revision Deadline require a Schedule Revision form for processing.

Key Implications:

  • Students will no longer be able to submit a grading basis change or a late drop request after completing a class and/or the semester.
  • Not all classes taken for credit only (S/U) may apply to a student’s degree plan. Many, or most, academic programs limit the number of S/U credits allowed to be applied to a degree plan. Students should work with their advisors to determine whether taking a class for credit only (S/U) is appropriate for their degree plan.
  • All other course drop policies and implications for all students, including regarding financial aid and academic eligibility, remain in effect.

Students should refer to the Academic Calendar for all course add, drop and revision deadlines.

For Spring 2021 and Earlier

  • What is the deadline to submit a late drop request for my Spring class?
    The deadline to submit late drop requests for Spring 2021 classes is Monday, May 24, which is twelve (12) days after spring grades are due.
  • How do I submit a late drop request for my Spring class?

    Prior to Drop/Schedule Revision Deadline:

    The Late Drop Request is not available prior to the Drop/Schedule Revision deadline. You can drop a class by following these steps:

    1. Log into MyPack Portal
    2. Navigate to your Student Homepage
    3. Select the ‘Planning & Enrollment’ tile
    4. Select the ‘Enrollment Wizard’
    5. In the ‘My Schedule’ tab, select the ‘Drop’ box next to the appropriate course(s). Select the ‘Drop’ button and confirm the action.

    After Drop/Schedule Revision Deadline:

    To submit a Late Drop Request for a Spring 2021 class after the Drop/Schedule Revision deadline, follow these steps:

    1. Log into your MyPack Portal
    2. Navigate to your Student Homepage
    3. Select the ‘Planning & Enrollment’ tile
    4. From the left-hand navigation menu, select ‘COVID-19 Schedule Revision’
    5. In the ‘Request Drop’ column for the selected class(es), toggle the button to select ‘Yes.’
    6. Select the ‘Submit’ button above your class list. (Justification is required if submitting a request for a Late Drop.)

  • If I’m a graduating student, can I submit a late drop request after my degree has been posted?
    No. Once your degree has been posted, you will no longer be able to submit a late drop request. It is important to ensure all requests are submitted prior to the beginning of degree posting.
  • If I’m a graduating student, what if my grades have not been submitted prior to the beginning of degree posting?
    Graduation clearance and the posting of degrees runs for 30 days after commencement in order for late grades to be posted, transfer credit received and processed, and the resolution of other issues or requirements.  It is advisable for graduating seniors to sign up for the text messaging service that lets you know when a grade has been posted if you are considering a late drop in a course based on the grade received.  You can sign up for this service in your MyPack Portal: Student Homepage > Personal Information tile > Text/Email Notification Setup.


  • Who should I consult before I consider dropping a course for the term?
    Consult with the instructor of your course(s) and your academic advisor in order to identify alternative options that may be available and the effect of dropping a course.
  • Is there an approval process for a late drop request?
    Yes, at the undergraduate level course drops are approved by the student’s College Dean’s Office.  At the graduate level the drop will be approved by the student’s DGP and the Graduate School. Veterinary Medicine late drops are approved by the CVM Dean’s office. Students will be notified via email whether the request to drop each class was approved or denied.
  • Can I drop below full-time status to part-time with a late drop request?
    Yes, you can drop below full time status, however there are populations of students who should receive a consultation and/or carefully consider the effects of dropping below full-time. For students receiving financial aid, you may be required to confirm participation in the course with your instructor and the, Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid. Additionally, if you drop below half-time we may report a new enrollment status and you may potentially move towards loan repayment. If you are an international student you will want to contact the Office of International Services before submitting a request to drop below full time status. Graduate Students on GSSP should NOT drop below full-time. Graduate Students with significant extenuating circumstances considering dropping below full time should discuss the situation with your DGP. Athletes need to contact Academic Support Program for Student-Athletes and students receiving VA Education Benefits can contact the Veterans Education Benefits team.
  • I am an International Student. Will dropping classes for the term impact my visa status?
    Dropping a course can impact your visa status and you should consult with the Office of International Services (OIS) before submitting a request. More information is available on the OIS website and their Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQ page.
  • Will I receive a refund if I drop a class through the late drop request process?
    No, refunds will not be offered for late drop requests.
  • Will I receive a W grade for the course?
    Yes, but the W grade will not count against the 16 hour limit at the undergraduate level.
  • Will a late drop impact my Satisfactory Academic Progress?
    Yes, late drops may negatively impact Satisfactory Academic Progress. Please consult with your advisor before performing a late drop. Students who fail to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress standards will be notified at the end of the term and will be granted the opportunity to appeal to continue in the next term.